On January 9, Kenny Birdine arrived in court for his arraignment. He is charged with the murder of Kid Cali. The incident began last summer when shots were fired at an LA party in Grenada Hills. Two people were injured in the ensuing chaos and the up-and-coming rapper, Kid Cali, was found dead in the aftermath.
Eventually, 20-year-old Kenny Birdine was arrested at his Inglewood, California residence in connection to the murder. The murder charge includes allegations that he personally and intentionally discharged a handgun, and that the crime was committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of and in association with a criminal street gang.”
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, he is now working to get a private attorney on his case. The news outlet has since reached out to his first choice, Calabasas attorney H. Russel Halpern. He was able to confirm that the defendant had contacted him in regards to securing his help on this case, though he claims money may be an “issue” when it comes to working on his behalf.
During the arraignment, the defendant pled not guilty to all charges. The preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for January 26 when they will determine if there is enough evidence to bring this case to trial. Until then, he is being held at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles, and his bail remains at over $3 million.
It’s unclear why the preliminary hearing date was rescheduled, but it’s possible it may have been due to a mistrial. Kid Cali was just 30 on the day of his untimely demise and was signed to Desean Jackson’s Jaccpot Records. His attorney, Anthony Rayburn, has claimed that this may be a case of mistaken identity as many people were in attendance at the party. Whatever the case, the truth will be brought to light in about two weeks.